Bronzers & Contouring for Pale Skins | Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light & Benefit Hoola

If you’re pale like me, you’ve avoided bronzers all together, right? Even in the heart of the summer months here in Texas, I’ve never really been into the bronzey-tanned look; although, they look beautiful on others. Also, all throughout the year, I’m very conscious of protecting my skin with SPF, so it’s not like I have the natural opportunity to get any color. However, lately, I’ve been interested in contouring — although I’ve avoided that as well, since I never could trust a bronzer to be light enough to work with my pale skin. After some research and some major swatching, I’ve decided I like the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light and the Benefit Hoola Bronzer the best for my skin tone.



For now, I’m mainly interested in contouring my nose to help it look slimmer and more defined. I haven’t quite been able to get over the fact that bronzers tend to make my FACE look muddy or dirty — and, this may be because I don’t know how to contour my face yet, LOL. But, occasionally, I do enjoy the effortless sun-kissed look that the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light gives me when I dust it lightly on my cheeks and along my hairline. Benefit’s Hoola is excellent for contouring my nose with a slim, fluffy blending brush. It’s easy to blend and a little bit goes a long way.

Also, it’s perfect for my pale skin because it is the perfect shading color — meaning, it just creates a natural “shadow” along my nose. It truly does help to define my nose naturally, so that it doesn’t get lost on the “blank canvas” I create using foundation. Because my skin is very fair, I was afraid bronzers would be reddish or too orange on my skin. However, Benefit’s Hoola is the perfect shade of rich cocoa brown that doesn’t lean too red or too orange. It’s more beige, in my opinion. Currently, I have not experimented with this product on my face. But, in due time, I think I will since I like how it looks on my nose area. The formula is matte — which is great for contouring and it’s soft and blends well. If I accidentally apply too much, I just use my finger to wipe some off!


The Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in “Golden Light” is the lightest shade that Bobbi Brown offers. I like how in her range, there’s a bronzer for every skin tone from lightest to the darkest. The color selections help fit different skin tones, and this is helpful since most brands release one bronzing shade that is supposed to fit everyone. I prefer to use this bronzer on my face — along my cheekbones and along my hairline. Sometimes, if I feel like it, I’ll dust some on my nose and chin for the complete look.

The golden undertone is a great match for me and helps the bronzer look natural on my skin, without going overboard and looking like I smeared dirt on my face. The texture of the powder is really soft as well and that makes it just as blendable as Benefit’s Hoola. The color “Golden Light” is light and satiny in finish. It helps the skin glow, which is why it’s great for the face and not necessarily for contouring. I have in some instances used this to contour my nose and didn’t like it as much as when I used Hoola. I think this is another great option for those with pale skins.


Side by side, there’s a significant difference in undertone. While the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder leans slightly more red, the Hoola bronzer remains brown/beige when compared to one another. Strangely, for me, the BB bronzing powder is great for overall bronzing, while Hoola is best for actual contouring. I’m thinking that the difference in undertones has a lot to do with that. I like both, but both aren’t necessary. For fair-skinned gals like me, using a fluffy brush that will pick up less amount of powder and spread it thinner is key. Also, it’s best to dust off the excess before applying it.

Benefit’s Hoola retails for $28.00 USD.
Made in USA.
Contains 0.28 oz.

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder retails for $38.00 USD.
Made in USA.
Contains 0.28 oz.